New Troy M5 9mm Rifle – Ready or Not?

Troy was showing off their M5 9mm Rifle at SHOT Show this year. The M5 is a combination of the highly popular AR-15 platform, and the re-surging 9mm cartridge. In fact, the 9mm has seen such impressive improvements in design and terminal characteristics that many police agencies, including the FBI, are moving back to this time-honored cartridge. Always looking to improve on a good idea, the Troy M5 is packed with some of the best Troy accessories that will no doubt make the M5 a powerful contender in the 9mm carbine/rifle market.

Troy has established such a solid footprint in the firearms industry, when they produce a firearm or accessory it seems everyone takes note, and for good reason. Troy produces amazing firearms, and their innovative accessories often set trends and often become industry leaders.

The Troy M5 collapsed into a small profile.

The Troy M5 collapsed into a small profile, although not with the listed stock.

NOTE: Before I get too far, the floor model appeared to be for show model only. The stock on the display model did not match the very limited information provided for the M5, and Troy did not have all the specifications listed. The first hint of this rifle/carbine was at the 2014 IACP Conference when it was labeled the M5SD, but there has barely been a whisper more since then. This is the “ready or not” in the title. Is the M5 ready to ship, or is Troy noting the feedback from the SHOT Show crowd. I’m hoping for the M5 is be ready to go!

Note the M5 is specifically designed for 9mm and not a conversion.

Note the M5 is specifically designed for 9mm and not a conversion.

Troy M5 9mm Rifle (M5SD)

The M5 is not an AR-15 converted to use 9mm, but instead is specifically built to fire 9mm. The M5 comes with a 16″, pre-threaded barrel, AR-15 receivers and features, and with the Troy BattleAx CQB stock. Fully extended the M5 is most definitely rifle length. However, that same BattleAx CQB stock is capable of collapsing in tight allowing the M5 to take on a more carbine look and size.

The few specifications of the M5 9mm Rifle I could find:

  • Collapsed length: 27.5 inches
  • Weight: 6.44 pounds (unloaded)
  • MSRP: $1299.00.
The Troy M5 extended.

The Troy M5 extended.

Regardless of name, the Troy M5 is packed with the excellent features we’ve come to expect from Troy. Here are the Troy accessories that come standard on the M5 9mm Rifle:

  • Troy TRX3 Revolution BattleRail
  • Troy BattleAx CQB Stock
  • Troy Standard Rear Folding Round BattleSight
  • Troy M4 Front Folding BattleSight
  • Troy Control Grip
  • Enlarged Magazine Release Button.

The Troy M5 9mm rifle is designed to accept any standard Glock 9mm magazines without any modifications. There was no information on whether the new Magpul Glock magazines, or the ETS Glock magazines would work, but I imagine they would as well.

The TRX3 Revolution hand guard appears to be made from carbon fiber.

The TRX3 Revolution BattleRail appears to be made from carbon fiber.

The Troy TRX3 Revolution BattleRail appears to be made from carbon fiber, making the rail incredibly strong yet very lightweight. The Revolution has a full length Picatinny rail on top, providing plenty of space for optics, lights or other accessories. The large vent hole design on the Revolution provides ample heat dissipation, and appear they would allow M-Lok rail sections to be added as needed.

The Troy BattleAx CQB Stock (listed as standard for the M5) is a fine selection. The BattleAx has multiple positions to fit the shooter’s desired length of pull and fit. There is a large storage compartment inside the rear of the stock, and the BattleAx CQB comes with a QD attachment and sling mount.

The BattleAx stock opens at the rear for extra storage.

The BattleAx stock opens at the rear for extra storage.

For some reason Troy had what appeared to be a slightly modified M7A1 PDW stock on the display model, instead of the BattleAx CQB. I’m glad they did because it opens up a really nice option to the end-user, and the PDW stock collapses even closer. Many shooters, whether professional or recreational, really appreciate being able to make their rifle small when needed.

The display stock appeared like a slightly modified M7A1 PDW stock.

The display stock appeared like a slightly modified M7A1 PDW stock.

The Standard Troy BattleSights easily come on target, and are foldable when not needed. These sights take up a standard front post with round rear aperture. This is a perfect set-up for attaching a reflex sight of choice with the BattleSights as co-witnessing back-ups. However, the M5  BattleSights were not the Tritium versions Troy offers, though the later would obviously be an option.

Another look at the TRX3 BattleRail and Troy sights.

The Troy BattleSights come standard. Another look at the TRX3 BattleRail.

The Troy Control Grip has aggressive scales that provide an fantastic grip, and is still very comfortable to hold. The locking door at the bottom allows the shooter to store small items like batteries.

The Trigger guard is enlarged, with a noticeable dip towards the front, intended to improve the effectiveness of shooting while wearing gloves.

This sure makes it appear the M5 is legit.

This sure makes it appear the M5 is legit.

Troy barely mentions their M5 9mm Rifle in their 2016 Product Catalogue, and it has not yet been added on their websites. However, having the show tag above sure makes it sound like Troy is committed. If this rifle actually hits the market, I could see them literally flying off the shelves.

Found this in the electronic 2016 catalogue just released. Let's hope its more evidence the M5 will be available soon.

Found this in the electronic 2016 catalogue just released. Let’s hope its more evidence the M5 will be available soon.

Glock still holds a massive share of the American law enforcement market. Considering the enormous rise in 9mm popularity again, the Troy M5 9mm rifle could easily take the place of the once common Heckler & Koch MP-5, allowing officers to use the same magazines for their long gun and pistol.

Aaron is a life-long firearm enthusiast and hunter. He has been a police officer for nearly 19 years, and currently is a Sergeant in Special Operations. He has served on the department’s SWAT Team for 14 years, with 8 years as the Sniper Team Leader. When not fussing over fractions of inches, and gut-less wonders, he can usually be found sipping from a ridiculously large coffee mug. Aaron is also the editor and main writer at



    Another over $1000 pistol carbine, do we really need that many expensive plinker?
    I dont see any use for this other than a range toy, i would takd that money and invest in a good AK or add some money for a IWI x95.

  • meow

    So is Troy no longer on the naughty list?

    • BattleshipGrey

      I haven’t heard of any apologies, but I haven’t been looking either.

  • Mcameron

    im not too keen on pistol carbines to begin with…….but AR15 pistol carbines make even less sense to me.

    if i am going to carry a weapon the size of an AR15……i want it to shoot something more powerful than a 9mm, my handgun can shoot 9mm…..i want it to shoot a god damn rifle round…….

    if you are going with the carbine….you can go lighter and smaller than a AR15……

    • schizuki

      I built my upper so I could get AR trigger time on an indoor range.

      • Mcameron

        i should have clarified……

        but yeah, as a training tool, and as a fun gun, they are a great idea….9mm is cheap to shoot and easy to find….

        but as a weapon, i find it hard to see a reason to choose a pistol caliber carbine over anything in a rifle caliber.

  • Brocus

    $1300 for a 9mm plinker, LOL.

    • De Facto

      They should offer two models:
      NSCAM 1300 (No Such Concern As Money)
      As currently configured.

      AMV 850 (Actual Market Value)
      Loses the expensive frills while keeping the BHO.

      Otherwise I don’t see why you wouldn’t just get the Carbine version of the Evo instead. I’m not THAT committed to mag interchangeability on what is pretty much just a plinker.

      I’m all for variety, but somehow manufacturers seem to think $1k+ guns are the new entry level. I’m not dropping more than a grand on anything less than a IWI/FN/HK.

      • Paul White

        yep. For under a grand I can get a decent AR and scope. Something like a mossberg MMR, S&W Sport, a lower end Windham, whatever + allow ~200-300 for optics. Much rather do that than a 9mm carbine.

    • Nicks87

      That 9mm AK is going for around that price as well. Price gouge much? I think so.

    • maodeedee

      If it were 10mm of 45 ACP with 100 percent reliable 20 and 30 round mags the price wouldn’t be so far out of line.

  • Sianmink

    That stock looks interesting. It’s not the M7A1, though is based on it, the M7A1 is shorter. This one looks to be mounted on a standard-length buffer tube, and seems to address a lot of the useability complaints about the M7A1 PDW, chiefly the crappy cheek weld, with an extended cheek piece. This is a neat looking stock.

  • Eric S

    You say that the rail allows M-Lok rails to be added. I can’t see how those big holes in the carbon fiber rail would allow that.

  • Ben

    LOL yeah replace a tried and MP-5 SMG with a P.C.C. that is the same price. Thin H&K have little to worry about Troy.

  • Madcap_Magician

    So is this a gas-operated competitor to the Sig MPX, or is it just another blowback-operated AR-15 conversion to 9mm without the convertability?

    • John

      It’s blowback and how you can tell is it has the two holes to hold the Lone Wolf style ejector. If it was rotating bolt, it would need the blowback ejector.